Great policy managers build high performing policy teams that deliver great policy advice. That means ensuring the policy team knows what it’s trying to achieve, has a culture of constructive challenge, innovation and continuous improvement, and has systems and processes in place to ensure that policy advice meets demand and has the right impact.
Resources for Policy managers
The Policy Project worked with the policy community to co-produce frameworks and tools to help managers build high-performing policy teams, skilled policy staff and quality policy advice.
Policy capability framework enables agencies to assess their policy capability. It describes the key components of capability and offers questions for reviewing organisational capability to produce quality policy advice. It can be applied to the overall organisation or a policy team.
Policy skills framework sets out the knowledge, applied skills and behaviour required of policy professionals. Tools are available for use by managers to assess the skills mix of their team and for use in recruitment, performance discussions and learning and development processes.
Map your team's policy skills profile (DOCX 1.93 MB).
Policy quality framework describes the key characteristics of quality policy advice, as well as the ‘enablers’ of great advice, like considering multiple perspectives, good commissioning, quality assurance processes and work planning.
There are a range of tools to support policy quality, from guides (PDF 944 KB) to ex-post assessment of policy papers, quality panels and processes (PDF 691 KB), peer review checklists (PDF 335 KB), and communication tools.
Start Right is the Policy Project’s approach to ensuring policy quality from the outset. You can start with the guide (PDF 1.78 MB) and use the commissioning conversation prompts (PDF 436.74 KB) and the green light framework (PDF 269.04 KB) to help you get policy quality right from the start.
Conversations we’ve had with policy managers
The managers forum (PDF 2.1 MB) brought 39 policy managers from 20 departments together to discuss their roles and to provide input to Policy Project work.